(un)professional e-mail skills -- was Re: JOB: Linux System Administrator

William Attwood wattwood at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 09:11:26 MDT 2010

While working at a software company as a Project Manager, I was introduced
to a new, evolutionary way of approaching this.  Be concise:

   - Where appropriate, use bullets
      - and indent for additional details
   - repeat what was written to you, in short, fine detail
      - is this what you meant?
      - what can we do about it?
   - *Attention*: This is something that needs your attention
   - *David*: you should look at this line, and follow-up with me
   - *Ryan*: I blame you
      - Yes, Mr. Byrd.  You piped up, put fuel in a fire, and then walked

P.S. I did top post.  I'm not going to go through cutting up an e-mail,
segregating my thoughts to your various, wildly spread out action items, and
hope the e-mail keeps some sort of professional look and feel past the 2nd
response.  I'll be concise, repeat what you told me, ask any questions, and
you can add to the bullets in your own e-mail to follow-up.

On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM, <cwood at digecor.com> wrote:

> plug-bounces at plug.org wrote on 09/16/2010 11:39:16 PM:
> > "Bryan Sant" <bryan.sant at gmail.com>
> > Sent by: plug-bounces at plug.org
> >
> >
> > 99% of all people top post because the email tool they use puts the
> > blinky cursor at the top of the email when they press the "Reply"
> > button.  Outlook, gmail, hotmail, Mail.app, GroupWise and most webmail
> > offerings put the cursor at the top of the email for the user.  I
> > always thought that the designers/developers of these various mail
> > clients had valid reasons for choosing this default behavior...
> > Little did I know that they were actually just corroborating with
> > those "management hierarchy" types to strike a stinging blow against
> > the down trodden.
> The software is big part of it.  We use Lotus Notes and because it is a
> rich email client trying to bottom post or break up the post is ugly.  What
> people internally end up doing is going down into the body of your email
> and using the highlighter color to respond in the body of your email.  Then
> when somebody replies, they try to use a different highlighter color in the
> body of the reply to the reply.  Ack!
> Chris
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Take care,
William Attwood
Idea Extraordinaire
wattwood at gmail.com

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